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Museum wins 311,500 lottery bid
Southwold Museum
Southwold Museum opened more than 70 years ago
A museum in a Suffolk seaside town has won a 311,500 lottery grant for refurbishment and provide extra display space for exhibits.

The money will also allow Southwold Museum to make its collection of more than 3,000 photos more easily accessible.

The museum has displays on its fishing past and development into a resort.

There are also displays on the town's wild flowers and exhibits featuring birds, mammals and shellfish.

The museum was founded 70 years ago in 17th Century weavers' cottages.

Southwold Museum - interior
The museum has more than 6,000 objects, archives and photographs

But the volunteer-run Southwold Museum, in Victoria Street, has outgrown the available storage and display space, and needs modernising.

David de Kretser, of Southwold Museum and Historical Society, said: "We are now able to realise a long held ambition to have visitors leaving the Museum knowing more about Southwold than when they came in, and acquiring that knowledge in an interesting, informative and entertaining way.

"All that is possible without losing that quirky character which has been one of the charms of the Museum since its foundation."

Robyn Llewellyn, Heritage Lottery fund manager in the East of England said: "Southwold Museum has a great collection that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

"This work will dramatically improve the visitor's experience, help to conserve the thousands of objects and images.

"It will also ensure the Museum is financially secure for the future."

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